One of the biggest things I want to share with my son is the ability to show compassion and empathy to others. Empathy is a very important trait for all of us because it helps someone else to truly feel better when they don’t feel alone. Compassion is when you feel for someone but empathy is when you feel with them. Most days when don’t have time to sit down with every person in the world and get to know their story, but we can make their day a little brighter. I love doing this with little random acts of kindness. I’ve got 19 fairly simple ways to make someone’s day feel just a little bit better!
- Take a walk around your neighborhood. Say hi to all the neighbors you see and ask how their day is going.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Take stuff you no longer use to your local donation center. I did this A LOT of KonMari’d my house.
- Pick up litter. This is also something I’m trying to instill in other members of my family. It’s a HUGE deal to make the world a more beautiful place.
- Leave a large tip. 20% or more.
- Share coupons with the person behind you in line. You may have extras of something they need.
- Pay for the next person in line at the drive-thru. Come on I see you all enjoying Starbucks.
- Send someone flowers. Who doesn’t love this? Even if they say they don’t…they do!
- Call a family member of close friend. You know the one you miss because you haven’t talked in awhile.
- Leave affirmations on a post-it note in a public bathroom. You never know who may need it.
- Let someone check out before you. You know the lady with like 10 things that probably won’t take that long or better yet the woman with 2 kids and a cart full of stuff.
- Let the pregnant lady skip the bathroom line. THIS! so THIS!
- Check out local volunteer opportunities. I mean some places let you come and just pet puppies.
- Ask for a manager to praise someone’s work performance. The smiley kid who helped bag your groceries…he’s totally killin’ it.
- Pay to extend someone’s meter. It’s like a dime.
- Give your seat to someone else. Especially on public transit
- Create a kit for the homeless and have it ready in your car. I’m talking easy to eat fruit bars, hand sanitizer, and baby wipes ya’ll.
- Buy from Amazon Smile. Select the charity of your choice. I chose Americares.
- Send someone an encouraging message. This is so easy and takes 2 seconds. You can even do it through Facebook messenger or Slack.
What is your favorite random act of kindness? Is there something super cool that I haven’t thought of yet?
I look forward to hearing from you when you join the #Millennialmomsquad and become a part of our village. We will be here for you when you just #canteven.